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Catherine Shoard / The Guardian:
Rudy Giuliani faces questions after compromising scene in new Borat film  —  Trump's personal attorney has indiscreet encounter with actor playing Borat's daughter in hotel room during pandemic  —  • This article contains spoilers about Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Discussion: Slate and Variety
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Sonia Saraiya / Vanity Fair:
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm Brings Back Borat, With His Daughter in Tow
Discussion: GameSpot, The Daily Beast and Variety
New York Times:
Trump Records Shed New Light on Chinese Business Pursuits  —  As he raises questions about his opponent's standing with China, President Trump's taxes reveal details about his own activities there, including a previously unknown bank account.  —  President Trump and his allies have tried …
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Chico Harlan / Washington Post:
Pope Francis calls for civil union laws for same-sex couples  —  Pope Francis, in a new documentary, has called for the creation of civil union laws for same-sex couples, in what amounts to his clearest support to date for the issue.  —  In the documentary, according to the Catholic News Agency …
Discussion: National Review and Political Wire
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Catholic News Agency:
Pope Francis calls for civil union law for same-sex couples, in shift from Vatican stance  —  In a documentary that premiered Wednesday in Rome, Pope Francis called for the passage of civil union laws for same-sex couples, departing from the position of the Vatican's doctrinal office and the pope's predecessors on the issue.
Jason Horowitz / New York Times:
Pope Francis, in Shift for Church, Voices Support for Same-Sex Civil Unions
Discussion: UPI and Vatican News
Rebecca Morin / USA Today:
USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll: Joe Biden leading Donald Trump by 7 points in pivotal Pennsylvania … WASHINGTON — With less than two weeks until the Nov. 3 election, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is leading President Donald Trump by 7 percentage points in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania …
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Eli Yokley / Morning Consult:
51% of Voters Now Back Barrett's Confirmation, Most Support Ever for a Trump Supreme Court Nominee  —  Slim majority, including 32% of Democrats and 44% of independents, supports confirming Amy Coney Barrett  —  Last week's Senate Judiciary Committee hearings provided a high-profile opportunity …
Keith E. Whittington / Newsweek:   Why the Supreme Court has Nine Justices
Ronn Blitzer / Fox News:
Barrett meets with senators ahead of committee vote on Supreme Court nomination
Discussion: Breitbart
Geoffrey Skelley / FiveThirtyEight:
Why A Surge In Republican Voter Registration Might Not Mean A Surge In Trump Support  —  In the past couple of weeks, key battleground states like Florida, North Carolina and Pennsylvania have received a lot of attention because Republicans have seen a spike in voter registration numbers.
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Harry Enten / CNN:
Want to see how the landscape is shaping up on election night? Look to North Carolina
Discussion: Washington Post
Nancy Cook / Politico:
Trump's 2020 cure-all: Rallies, rallies and more rallies
Discussion: Washington Post and Raw Story
Reuters:
These voters sat out in 2016. Now they could determine the next U.S. president
Discussion: Daily Kos
Monmouth University Polling Institute:
Biden Takes Likely Voter Lead; Greenfield Maintains Narrow Senate Edge  —  Senior voters prefer the Democrat  —  West Long Branch, NJ - Joe Biden has taken a small likely voter lead in the presidential race in Iowa, after Donald Trump had the edge in prior polls.
Discussion: Politico
Tucker Carlson / Fox News:
America's most powerful people want you to shut up about Hunter Biden  —  In the mad scramble to defeat Donald Trump, our core institutions are being destroyed  —  Tucker: American power centers align to get Joe Biden elected  —  Editor's Note: This article is adapted …
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Devlin Barrett / Washington Post:
FBI says it has ‘nothing to add’ to Ratcliffe's remarks about Hunter Biden, Russian disinformation
Patrick Ruffini / Echelon Indicators:
America is Headed for Record Turnout.  Here's What That Looks Like.  —  U.S. general election turnout is likely to break through 150 million votes for the first time in history.  Based on our turnout modeling for the general election, we at Echelon Insights think it will be 157 million.
David Wasserman / The Cook Political Report:
What is The Cook Political Report?  —  The Cook Political Report is an independent, non-partisan newsletter that analyzes elections and campaigns for the US House of Representatives, US Senate, Governors and President as well as American political trends.
Discussion: Washington Times and The Hill
Vinay Menon / Toronto Star:
Horrified by Jeffrey Toobin's penis?  Put it away, for now  —  Just when the world needs him most, Jeffrey Toobin exposes himself on Zoom. … The U.S. election is less than three weeks away.  The Supreme Court is hurtling toward momentous change.  Legal analysts are the tour guides …
Alexander Bolton / The Hill:
Graham wants to review ActBlue's source of small-dollar contributions  —  Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who has seen a tsunami of Democratic small-dollar donations flood the South Carolina Senate race, says the sources of the massive amounts of money flowing through ActBlue …
Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Mark Meadows' FEC filings raise questions of unlawful spending, campaign coordination  —  The White House chief of staff quit Congress in March — but his campaign kept on racking up dubious expenses  —  White House chief of staff Mark Meadows reported spending tens of thousands of dollars through …
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Roger Sollenberger / Salon:
Trump's business appears to have cut Matt Gaetz a RNC hotel discount that went unreported to the FEC
Discussion: The Root and 1100 Pennsylvania
Jaci / American Oversight:
Pompeo's Use of Personal Email While CIA Director Highlights State Department's Failure to Produce His Emails as Secretary  —  Last week, as the president dredged up his favorite accusations about Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promised to release the former secretary's emails ahead of the November election.
Politico:
Trump's cash woes mount as Biden laps him  —  President Donald Trump's campaign finance problems are even worse than they looked a few weeks ago.  —  Joe Biden's campaign outraised Trump's by an eye-catching $200 million in September and started October with $177 million in the bank.
Geoff Brumfiel / NPR:
Studies Point To Big Drop In COVID-19 Death Rates  —  Toggle more options  —  Two new peer-reviewed studies are showing a sharp drop in mortality among hospitalized COVID-19 patients.  The drop is seen in all groups, including older patients and those with underlying conditions …
George Will / Washington Post:
Trump will end his presidency as he began it: Whining  —  As the Donald Trump parenthesis in the republic's history closes, he is opening the sluices on his reservoir of invectives and self-pity.  A practitioner of crybaby conservatism — no one, he thinks, has suffered so much since Job lost …
Associated Press:
Barrett was trustee at private school with anti-gay policies  —  Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett served for nearly three years on the board of private Christian schools that effectively barred admission to children of same-sex parents and made it plain that openly gay and lesbian teachers weren't welcome in the classroom.
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New York Times:
Trump cuts a ‘60 Minutes’ interview short, and then taunts Lesley Stahl on Twitter.  —  President Trump abruptly cut off an interview with the “60 Minutes” star Lesley Stahl at the White House on Tuesday and then taunted her on Twitter, posting a short behind-the-scenes video of her at the taping …
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Washington Post:
Trump, unhappy with questions from ‘60 Minutes’ host Lesley Stahl, threatens to release interview himself
Anya Kamenetz / NPR:
Are The Risks Of Reopening Schools Exaggerated?  —  Despite widespread concerns, two new international studies show no consistent relationship between in-person K-12 schooling and the spread of coronavirus.  And a third study from the United States shows no elevated risk to childcare workers who stayed on the job.
Discussion: Twitchy and TheBlaze
New York Times:
Analyst Who Reported the Infamous Trump Tape Rumor Wants to Clear His Name  —  The Steele dossier's main source explained where its most notorious claim came from — and called Republicans' accusations that he is a Russian agent “slander.”  —  WASHINGTON — When the publication of a dossier …
Ryan Deto / Pennsylvania Capital-Star:
SWPa. billboard accusing Biden of dementia misspells ... dementia  —  A roadside billboard in Fayette County repeating a Republican accusation that Democratic nominee presidential Joe Biden suffers from diminished mental capacity has a deficiency of its own: A whopper of a spelling error.
Jake Lahut / Business Insider:
Tom Cotton is already laying the groundwork in New Hampshire for a 2024 presidential run … - Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas was in New Hampshire on Monday, his second visit to campaign for down-ballot Republicans in a state worth four electoral votes.
FiveThirtyEight:
Explore The Ways Trump Or Biden Could Win The Election  —  Pick the winner of each state to see how FiveThirtyEight's presidential forecast would change.  —  2020 election forecast How our forecast works  —  Key StatesAll States … Reset  —  Candidates can't be selected if they start off …
Graeme Bruce / YouGov:
Half of Trump's supporters think top Democrats are involved in child sex-trafficking  —  After President Donald Trump said during his town hall last week that he had never heard of QAnon, a new Yahoo News/YouGov Poll shows just how deep the conspiracy theory has penetrated the consciousness of the voting public.
Discussion: CANNONFIRE, Mediaite and Raw Story
USA Today:
19 women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct.  Here's what their stories have in common.  —  Allegations of women who've accused Trump of non-consensual sexual contact share many details, from forced kisses to where it took place.  —  Today, writer E. Jean Carroll goes to court in a unique case …
The Daily Beast:
Cybersecurity Consultant Was Outed for Ties to Moscow, So Why Is He Meeting Top Trump Officials in D.C.?  —  A German cybersecurity expert caused a scandal at home for taking part in a Russian influence operation.  So what's he doing meeting with security officials in the Trump admin?
Discussion: Raw Story
Associated Press:
US officials: OxyContin maker to plead to 3 criminal charges  —  WASHINGTON (AP) — Purdue Pharma, the company that makes OxyContin, the powerful prescription painkiller that experts say helped touch off an opioid epidemic, will plead guilty to three federal criminal charges as part of a settlement …
 
 
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Associated Press:
Trump camp tells group to stop using his name in medical marijuana legalization effort
Discussion: The Hill and Mississippi Today
Nahal Toosi / Politico:
Menendez, with eye on committee chairmanship, blasts Trump in new report
Discussion: NBC News and Raw Story
Josh Partlow / Washington Post:
Shouting matches, partisan rallies, guns at polling places: Tensions high at early-voting sites
Bernard Meyer / CyberNews:
15 million Florida voters' data leaked on Russian hacking forum
John Binder / Breitbart:
Kamala Harris Failed to Prosecute Illegal MS-13 Gang Member Months Before He Murdered Bologna Family
Associated Press:
Worsening opioid crisis overshadowed in presidential race
Discussion: The Hill
 Earlier Items: 
New York Times:
As the Election Nears, Spanish Disinformation Targets Latino Voters
Discussion: The Boston Globe
Mollie Hemingway / The Federalist:
Trump's Greatest Accomplishments Are What He Hasn't Done
Timothy L. O'Brien / Bloomberg:
Election Day Could Be Brutal. Or Maybe Not.
David A. Graham / The Atlantic:
Signed, Sealed, Delivered—Then Discarded
NBC News:
Lawyers say they can't find the parents of 545 migrant children separated by Trump administration